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Myth or Reality? Obamacare & Us

African American news from Pasadena - Health - Annual Health Summit - Whitney Harrison on Obamacare mythsOn Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Seventh Annual Health Summit will be held at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Blvd, Pasadena, CA. During the Health Summit, Whitney Harrison with Young & Healthy will discuss Obamacare & Us: An Update where she will address Myths and Realities. The Affordable Care Act has been in place since the beginning of the year. In that time, many people have benefited from the new health program. Many others have become confused by the many falsehoods told by those against the program. An example of the Myth vs Reality is:

MYTH: The penalty for being uninsured in 2014 is only $95. It costs way more than that to buy health insurance. I might as well go uninsured in 2014.

REALITY: You may face a tax penalty much higher than $95 for going uninsured next year. The penalty is $95 or 1 percent of your income – whichever is greater. Therefore, if you earn $50,000 per year, you could face a tax penalty of $500 if you do not have insurance for more than three consecutive months in 2014.

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Chronic Pain & Painkillers: Why You Should Consider Alternatives

Physician Offers Four Natural Ways to End the Pain

Roughly 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain lasting more than six months, according to a report from the Institute of Medicine. Throughout the past decade, the use of painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin has soared by 300 percent. For many – 17,000 people per year, or 46 each day – the treatment is worse than the pain; those are the number of users who die from the medicine, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

For every person who dies from the use of painkillers, 30 more are admitted to emergency rooms due to complications.

"Those figures are appalling," says Dr. Frank King, a doctor of naturopathy, president of King Bio natural medicine company, and author of The Healing Revolution (www.kingbio.com).

"Death is just one of the many side effects of heavy-duty pharmaceuticals, and researchers unanimously agree that addiction to painkillers has risen drastically in recent years. People are so focused on pain that they miss the fact that it is a signal of deeper health problems. Don't shoot the messenger! Listen to the pain, and it will lead you to the root causes."

With decades of experience helping patients, Dr. King offers four natural suggestions for pain management.

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